Sunday, November 29, 2009

Robert Frost wrote in metaphors/free verse. "A poem...begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It is a reaching-out toward expression; an effort to find fulfillment. A complete poem is one where an emotion finds the thought and the thought finds the words."
Letter to Louis Untermeyer (January 1, 1916)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Poets, Authors, Contest, Children’s Magazines,
Newspaper, OWL:

I love the freedom to enjoy life where I explore
various creative topics. My mind is like a sticky,
tight spun spider web. I catch ideas out of the air,
causing some strain until I am able to release a
few to paper. I am constantly writing and rewrite
on paper or in my daily thoughts. Who knows,
I may have a big sale and it will be like winning
the lotto.

I write short pieces; I sell some and others
float free. In 2010, I am dedicating more time
to submitting larger pieces.

A photo and a small article was published in
The Mountaineer Echo newspaper, Thurs, Nov 26, it
was a shot of encouragement.

I am still trying to catch-up with photos
I took as my church's historian.
I think I take too many.

I am having problems creating CD’s
for the submarine veterans I did two.
I haven’t been able to do more. I have
several request for the 53 photos I took
during the Veterans Day event at Mountain
Home Military Memorial Plaza.

Baxter County Library: The Friends of the Library
had a successful booksale last weekend and an
enjoyable meeting Wednesday. They are a special group.
We hope to move into the new library July, 2010.

The Mountain Home, AR Chamber of Commerce’s
beautiful new brochure mentioned Twin Lakes Writers
under Community Cultures.

I continue to write poems on David L. Harrison’s blog.
It has been a learning experience. I have written several.
He features a monthly word and you have to write a
poem incorporating that word. The poems for November
are up where you can go and vote for your favorite at

Last Friday night at Boxcar Willie’s Motel
the Ozarks Writers League had a catered dinner
and open-mic. I read a poem.

I receive “The Writer” magazine newsletter.
It filled with helpful information and some free-lance
writing jobs are listed.

Important websites to check out:

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Baxter County Library booksale November 19,20, 21. It is a big one!

Saturday, November 21, Ozarks Writers League

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Check out "Golden Country" on the website!
The outhouse/potting shed photo was photographed
by Mary Nida Smith.
Sunrise: This morning shroud in misty fog a dazzling coral red and gold sunrise filtered through the woods rising above the tree line. I dashed for my camera where I tried to capture each changing moment. I would love to use my ever changing sky photos in a poetry book, or children's picture book. Happy is the moment capturing memories.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Faye K. Pfister
Pottery Exhibit
November 12-20
College of the Ozarks
Boger Gallery: Jones Learning Center
Lecture-Reception: November 17 (Tuesday)
4:00 p.m—6:00 p.m.

Friday, November 13, 2009

LIFE ON A SEESAW VOLUME III Premieres November 14, 2009 at WORDS BOOKSTORE in Hardy, AR.

Marjory Wentworth, (South Carolina) Poet Laureate of South Carolina; teacher of poetry in an arts and healing program in Charleston, SC; columnist for THE CHARLESTON POST and COURIER; member of Board of Directors for Low Country Initiative for the Literary Arts, the Poetry Society of SC, and the University of SC Poetry Society; Poems have appeared in numerous books and magazines

“Life on a Seesaw is a refreshingly original heartfelt approach to life.”

Barbara Massie (Arkansas) noted floral watercolor and acrylic artist; holds dual membership in the National League of American Pen Women as both a writer and an artist; charter President and current Treasurer of the Spring River Branch of NLAPW; published 400 plus articles and six books

“This last volume of the Circle of Life Trilogy, Life on a Seesaw Volume III, is an adventure that captures imagination as you walk through and relate to the seesawing events in life. The inspiring writings and art are not to be absorbed in one reading. You’ll go back many times to view Funke’s paintings and re-read Oplinger’s written images. Funke and Oplinger create the true essence of real happenings”.

Nancy Funderburk, (New York and Mississippi) nationally acclaimed needle and fiber artist; McCall’s Quilt for The Cure Campaign for the Susan Konan Foundation; award-winning instructor and Past-President of the Mississippi Quilt Association
Premieres November 14, 2009 at WORDS BOOKSTORE in Hardy, AR

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Veterans Day Ceremony, Nov 11, at 11:oo am,
Mountain Home Square.
The history of Veterans Day can be found at


Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Harrison Contest, OWAIC, Bookstores, Photos:

Was I surprised yesterday to learn I had won a contest for posting on
David L. Harrison, blog. David is a children's book author of many
books and a poet. David
is critiquing a picture book manuscript for me. I feel so honored.

Ozarks Writers & Illustrators Club Great
bunch of writers and my friend Veda Boyd Jones is their speaker
Saturday, November 7th.
Also, remember this day is - Support your Bookstore Day.

Yesterday, in the sunshine of the day, I planted 8-10 Hostas
that was given to me by a neighbor. I love pass-on plants.
Also, I planted two mums. Yes, I had to rake leaves.
When my daughter walked in leaves as a young
child she said the crunching sound, like cornflakes.

As our church historian & photographer, I took 73 pictures
last Saturday at the "Trunk & Treat." I have to have some
printed by this Sunday.

This afternoon I go to the dentist-the big chair- Ouch!